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Art Nouveau and Art Deco in Lille and Antwerp Escorted Tour

3 nights starting from
£799

  • La Piscine Museum, housed in an Art-Deco swimming pool

  • Villa Cavrois - a Modernist masterpiece by Robert Mallet-Stephens

  • Antwerp's superb 'Golden Triangle' Art Nouveau district and station

  • Walking tour of Lille's Art Nouveau houses including Maison Colliot

Easily accessible in just 1.5 hours, Lille is a splendid city with a wealth of sights, including France's 2nd most visited art gallery after the Louvre. The nearby textile town of Roubaix is home to one of Europe's most original and fascinating museums, La Piscine, housed in a beautiful converted Art Deco swimming pool. Antwerp has a wealth of Art Nouveau houses, including the remarkable "Five Continents" house built for a wealthy ship owner complete with a wooden prow. 

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06 - December - 2018 £ 799.00 Travel Info Book Now

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St Pancras

Departing: 06th December 2018 at 10:58

Returning: 09th December 2018 at 15:30

07 - March - 2019 £ 799.00 Travel Info Book Now

Provisional Timings

St Pancras

Departing: 07th March 2019 at 10:58

Returning: 10th March 2019 at 15:30

02 - May - 2019 £ 799.00 Travel Info Book Now

Provisional Timings

St Pancras

Departing: 02nd May 2019 at 10:58

Returning: 05th May 2019 at 15:30

ITINERARY

Day 1: Travel by Eurostar from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Lille and transfer by coach to hotel for check in for three-night stay. Afternoon walking tour of central Lille. Welcome reception, lectures 'A Line is a Force - Artistic and cultural differences in Art Nouveau, art, design and architecture' and 'Art Nouveau in Belgium' and dinner (choice at each course) with wine at the atmospheric Art Nouveau Brasserie de la Paix, located three minutes' walk from the hotel. 

Day 2: Lille walking tour and La Piscine, Roubaix.
Morning walking tour of the Art Nouveau houses of Lille, including the exterior of the beautiful Maison Colliot, followed by a visit to the Villa Cavrois, re-opened in June 2015 after refurbishment. This afternoon visit the hidden gem that is La Piscine Museum at the former textile town of Roubaix, set in a stunning Art Deco swimming pool, whose contents include sample fabric books from the Art Nouveau period. Welcome drink, lecture 'Art Deco - An international style in context' and dinner with wine at the Brasserie de la Paix.  


Day 3: Full day Antwerp.
Full day excursion to the historic Belgian city of Antwerp. Antwerp has a strong artistic heritage, exhibited in its fine museums and churches, and is particularly famed as the birthplace of Rubens. At the end of the 19th century, the city, considered conservative by some, embraced Art Nouveau with the construction of the ‘golden triangle’ neighbourhood in Zurenborg and a number of other extraordinary buildings throughout the city, including the Art Nouveau station, regarded by some as the most beautiful station in the world.


Day 4: Musée des Beaux Arts, Lille and home.
Morning visit (on foot) to the superb collection at Lille's Musee des Beaux Arts, the 2nd largest collection in France after the Louvre. Time allowed for lunch before transferring to the station for return Eurostar to Ebbsfleet or St Pancras.


NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 25 passengers.

INCLUDED

  • Return Eurostar from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Lille
  • Three nights' bed and breakfast at the four-star Mercure Lille Centre Grand Place Hotel, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • Welcome reception, two lectures and two dinners with wine at the Art Nouveau Brasserie de la Paix
  • Transfers, tours and entrance fees
  • Mike Hope and tour manager throughout 

NOT INCLUDED

  • Single room supplement
  • Holiday insurance
  • Standard Premier/First class upgrade on Eurostar. This constitutes upgraded seating and light meal with complimentary drink.
  • Meals other than those stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
  • Porterage and gratuities

PLEASE NOTE: As with most trains, passengers are responsible for carrying baggage onto and off the train. Baggage can be stored on overhead shelves or at the entrance to the carriages. Trollies are available at St Pancras and Paris, but bags do need to be carried on to the platform.

Travel Editions recommends a luggage delivery service called thebaggageman, where your suitcase can be picked up from your home before departure and delivered straight to your hotel; therefore removing the worry about carrying your cases onto and off the trains. Please click here for more information and we have arranged a 10% discount exclusive to Travel Editions clients off the thebaggageman service. Tel: 01844 264890

HOTELS

Mercure Lille Centre Grand Place, Lille
This four-star hotel is located in the very heart of Lille next to the opera house and within two minutes' walk of the Bourse and Grand Place in the heart of the city. Facilities at this comfortable, traditional hotel with lovely stained glass windows include bar and comfortable bedrooms with private bath/shower, satellite TV, telephone, minibar, wifi and safe.

Mercure Lille Centre Grand Place Hotel Website 

 

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YOUR LECTURER
Mike Hope
Mike Hope author, lecturer, curator and designer, has spent more than twenty-fivwe years at four universities (Staffordshire, Portsmouth, Nottingham Trent and Plymouth) and nearly thirty years delivering Summer School Programmes. He has lectured around the world and was a founder board member of The European Academy of Design. Alongside an extensive publication list, he has researched, designed and curated many exhibitions, and advised on stained glass to the Diocese of Exeter. He specialises in Art and Design History, Stained Glass; Churches and Cathedrals; the English Country House and Garden

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A hugely informative AND fun experience - particularly due to expertise of Mike Hope, supported by Karen.

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Very well organised, v good accommodation and included metals. We hope to do a similar trip in the future.

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the first night lecture - billed as two lectures should be re done as one coherent lecture -perhaps time he re-thought it Otherwise all good including the rest of experts input

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A hugely enjoyable few days, in which we learned so much thanks mainly to the excellent Mike Hope, whose expertise was both amusing and enlightening. Thanks must also go to Karen Blackwell, who ensured we were kept fully informed of all arrangements, and who quietly shepherded us around, ensuring no-one got left behind or lost. An altogether marvellous experience.

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23 people on tour. Mike's knowledge & enthusiasm made the trip. Karen available at all times

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As with our other Travel Editions holidays we were very well looked after by the Tour Manager (Karen) and Mike Hope provided a wealth of expert information throughout our tour. We thoroughly enjoyed everything about the holiday but would have preferred to have a break for lunch a little earlier.

Review by Bradbury who travelled 08-March-2018


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Mike Hope made the visit truly come alive with his cheerful and knowledgeable commentary.Karen was well organised and helpful.

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The small brochure we had used for booking did not have the 'footprints' categories that we have now seen on your web-site. My husband would have taken his comfortable walking boots rather than town shoes had we realised it was 5 footprints and what that meant. He survived and will be willing to travel again but was slightly footsore and has aggravated an iffy ankle. Please make it clearer

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Many thanks to Mike for being both entertaining and erudite and to Karen for being an excellent ever-present "Mother Hen"!! A great team.

Review by Blyth who travelled 08-March-2018


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I thoroughly enjoyed my break in Lille and Antwerp and came back a lot more knowledgeable than before I started. Both the tour manager and the guide were excellent. I would therefore be grateful if you could send me your brochure.

Review by Meier who travelled 20-July-2018


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This was our first holiday with Travel Editions. It will not be our last!

Review by Turner who travelled 20-July-2018


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The infectious enthusiasm of guide Mike Hope did much to ensure our enjoyment of the tour to Lille/Antwerp. Clearly very knowledgeable , Mike is able to impart that knowledge with a light touch. On this occasion there was no tour manager so such duties fell on Mike but all ran smoothly with no problems. He was even there on our return to Ebbsfleet to assist us with our luggage. Thanks Mike. An excellent tour. Wish it could have been longer. RGJ

Review by Jones who travelled 26-October-2017


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This was a most impressive few days, quite the best art trip I've experienced. Tour manager would be hard to match.

Review by Hogwood who travelled 26-October-2017


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A very interesting tour to a region that I did not know before; it has go me looking at buildings in a different way. Tour guide excellent for his knowledge and enthusiasm which he communicated so well.

Review by Workman who travelled 26-October-2017


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This tour was a real treat. Mike Hope was a very knowledgable lecturer who contributed massively to the success of the trip. And the architecture we saw was fascinating - especially the Villa Cavrois and the Antwerp Golden Triangle.

Review by Jackson who travelled 26-October-2017


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Travel Editions tours always exceed expectations, and this tour was no exception. We thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the tour and have already booked for another to Riga.

Review by Bessant who travelled 26-October-2017


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Interesting visits to a lot of unusual sights, and total willingness on the part of the leader to meet individual wishes and preferences. The brochure descriptions could be more detailed.

Review by Toller who travelled 26-October-2017


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A great learning experience about Art Nouveau and Art Deco. Excellent tour. Both Mike and Karen were superb.

Review by Mr Stephen Hogger who travelled 20-April-2017


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A really enjoyable trip. Hotel comfortable and a good location. Good food at the restaurant with friendly and attentive staff. Karen our tour manager looked after us very well, and Mike our tour guide was excellent; very good knowledge of the subject and very entertaining! This is my second trip with your firm and I look forward to doing more.

Review by Mr Paul Simmonds who travelled 20-April-2017


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Karen and Mike were excellent leaders and worked hard to ensure everyone enjoyed the holiday. Learnt a lot.

Review by Mrs Pauline Lynam who travelled 20-April-2017


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Lille and Antwerp were quite a revelation as lively cities well worth a visit with their rich heritage of buildings and museums. The excellent lectures and tours and the care with which both were prepared and presented made the trip quite unique.

Review by Mrs Valerie Mitchell who travelled 20-April-2017


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We really enjoyed the trip.Mike was excellent and we learnt loads. The days were very busy but it was great to have so many experiences in such a short time, we felt we had been there a week!

Review by Mr Peter Buller who travelled 20-April-2017


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I really enjoyed this tour. Now greatly looking forward to Walking in the Cyclades - next month.

Review by Mrs Rebecca Hitchens who travelled 20-April-2017


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Review by Mrs Barbara Fisher who travelled 20-April-2017


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A very enjoyable and well planned visit. Karen and Mike are a wonderful team, both highly professional and friendly. Returned exhausted but happy. I am now thinking of my next trip. Thank you to all concerned.

Review by Ms Frances Partridge who travelled 20-April-2017


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Very informative and friendly tour guide who provided an immense amount of architectural and historical knowledge in a fun way. A very intense tour but enjoyable and good value for money. Thank you.

Review by Ms Trish McNamara who travelled 09-March-2017


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Karen, tour manager, and Mike, expert guide, both outstanding. Lille and Antwerp both fascinating, with lots to see and just enough free time for some personal exploration. Also very lucky with the weather for early March - no rain and quite a bit of sun - ideal in view of all the walking involoved.

Review by Miss Hilary Broadbent who travelled 09-March-2017


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This was my first trip with Travel Editions. I really enjoyed the tour- Lille & Antwerp were beautiful places! Mike was energetic and passionate about Art Nouveau and has ignited a new passion for me! I never would have visited these places and seen the beautiful things I saw, so thank you, Travel Editions! Thank you to Karen who made everything run smoothly, and to the group who I went with-- great, fun and friendly group!

Review by Ms Jeannie Nguyen who travelled 09-March-2017


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Karen did an excellent job shepherding us around and Mike 's enthusiasm was very catching, and his broad range of knowledge impressive. All in all a good break. If it was possible to use more public tranpsport that would be good. Perhaps a minibus for luggage so those who wanted to could walk from the station to the hotel and back?

Review by Ms Jennifer Hoadley who travelled 09-March-2017


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Review by Mr Vincent Matley who travelled 09-March-2017


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Excellent and informative trip and look forward to more Travel Editions.

Review by Mrs Rita Lewis who travelled 07-April-2016


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Only one thing that I would like to have known beforehand and that was that we would be walking on cobblestones! This requires a thick soled shoe which I did not take!!My feet hurt!!

Review by Mrs Daphne Jones who travelled 07-April-2016


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An excellent trip, well organised, stimulating and unhurried, with some real surprises. Mike Hope was an extremely knowledgeable and entertaining lecturer (and good sociable company), who worked in perfect harmony with the tour manager. The only slight negative was that our hotel room was very cramped. Otherwise, even the weather was kind to us.

Review by Mr Brian Goddard who travelled 07-April-2016


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Really enjoyable and interesting trip. Mike Hope was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The Tour manager very helpful and friendly. The Group was very friendly and not too big. Days were long and rather tiring. All in all a good trip though.

Review by Mrs I Bateson who travelled 07-April-2016


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An excellent Tour Manager and a first class specialist lecturer

Review by Mr David Goodwin who travelled 10-March-2016


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The tour surpassed all expectations. Mike Hope was so enthusiastic about all he took us to see. Karen looked after everybody's needs and the whole trip flowed seamlessly. We're impressed! We'll certainly be booking for another trip. Kind Regards Ruth & Geoff.

Review by Ms Ruth Larratt who travelled 10-March-2016


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Very enlightning, A perfect combination, MIKE talked and KAREN organised both to perfection. Mike was so enthusiastic and knowledgeable and karen looked after us.A good location for the hotel which was comfortable.

Review by Mr Robert Cooper who travelled 10-March-2016


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Karen was very efficient and friendly keeping us all safe and happy. Mike is extremely knowledgable and the tours and his lectures were interesting and stimulating.

Review by Ms Rose Lewis who travelled 10-March-2016


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The whole holiday was informative and enjoyable. The tour manager and lecturer were very good

Review by Austin who travelled 10-March-2016


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Very impressed with this holiday. Most informative and enjoyable. I shall certainly consider going on another Travel Editions Art /Architecture holiday.

Review by Ms Susannah Kurti who travelled 11-February-2016


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Mike Hope's enthusiasm, knowledge of his subject and articulacy in sharing that knowledge carried all before him. We tramped shivering around the cobbles of Flanders hanging on to his every word without a word of complaint. No higher praise can I give! The hotel was a mixed bag. There were problems with the heating in our room but the staff were helpful, friendly and courteous. Finally, how does Travel Editions do it? This was the second French holiday running in a hotel which understood the value of a proper breakfast!

Review by Mrs Sheila Stace who travelled 11-February-2016


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Mike Hope is an excellent Tour Leader - very knowledgeable, helpful, and always keen to ensure that we got the most from the experience.

Review by Mrs Henriette Kaniuk who travelled 11-February-2016


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Excellent

Review by Mr George Barratt who travelled 11-February-2016


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An excellent tour, great buildings and art, In two lovely cities. As always, Mike provided input which enhanced the experience. His enthusiasm is boundless and infectious!

Review by Mrs Ann Howe who travelled 11-February-2016


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Review by Ms Elizabeth Bishop who travelled 05-November-2015


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Possibly a bit more free time in lille would be nice but I understand that the tour is packed with things you don't want to miss. The hotel needs to sort out its air conditioning. The bedrooms were too hot.

Review by Mr David Greenow who travelled 05-November-2015


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the only gripe was this tipping nonsense. Most people were annoyed about the inference in the brochure to tip and that people should be paid enough not to need it.

Review by Mr Peter Foy who travelled 05-November-2015


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Very much enjoyed our trip and learnt a great deal about the topic. Very good guide and lecturer.

Review by Mrs Theresa Ansell who travelled 22-October-2015


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My companion was rather lame which restricted what we were able to do, , Karen did point out that this was a walking tour but she was very sympathetic and certain adjustments were made to our daily schedule so we were able to make the most of it I probably failed to read the description properly but it might it might be worth pointing out in the description that it is an energetic walking tour and not suitable for anyone with a back problem. Lille was however enjoyable and well worth the trip

Review by Mr Anthony Sturge who travelled 22-October-2015


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We had a wonderful time.Mike Hope lecturer, and Karen tour guide, made the trip so enjoyable.We saw some incredible Art Nouveau buildings,especially in Antwerp.we were lucky to have been the first group to visit the Villa Cavrois. Recently opened to the public.

Review by Mrs Hazel Bulpitt who travelled 22-October-2015


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Loved this trip, the itinary was excellent, the hotel comfortable & central & Mike & Karen were extremely competent & good company. We particularly enjoyed being part of a smaller group.

Review by Mrs Pauline Freeman who travelled 22-October-2015


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Mike Hope - lecturer and tour guide was superb. Knowledge and passion for the subject combined with interaction with the group.

Review by Mrs Elizabeth Dartington who travelled 22-October-2015


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This was an excellent holiday.I learnt so much from Mike , our enthusiastic Lecturer who had to act as tour Manager (very capably).Two good evening talks and meals,interesting city and museum visits. Mike was friendly, professional, inspiring.Good hotel.

Review by Mrs Helen Galvin who travelled 02-April-2015


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Karen Blackwell is a pleasant, efficient, and helpful Tour Manager. Mike Hope has an extensive knowledge of art and architecture which he shares with an ebullient enthusiasm that is infective. We were enthralled by his talks and lectures and will be back for more.

Review by Dr John Matthews who travelled 09-April-2015


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Karen, the Tour Manager, worked very hard and effectively to ensure the holiday was as enjoyable and hassle-free as possible. She was helpful, friendly and professional throughout. Mike, the expert for the holiday, was also excellent, with a friendly and cheery attitude combined with a very considerable knowledge and understanding of the relevant subject matter.

Review by Mr David Jordan who travelled 09-April-2015


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Tour Leader Karen and Tour Expert Mike were exemplary throughout the tour. This was our first time with Travel Editions and the Karen / Mike partnership has certainly encouraged us to go with TE again.

Review by Mr Barry Buxton who travelled 09-April-2015


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Very efficiently organised and very enthusiastic guide! A lot fitted in to a few days.

Review by Ms Susan Richards who travelled 09-April-2015


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Mike Hope was an inspiring leader - so knowledgable about his subject, without being boring -so personable, giving time to each member of the group. We shall certainly consider taking another tour with your company in the future!

Review by Mrs Kathleen Bishell who travelled 02-April-2015


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Mike Hope and Karen were great. The Hotel was fine though the room a bit small with no comfy chairs so could not unwind. We found it overall a bit too intense. The outings were excellent but a lecture at 6.30 two days running after a busy day was, for us at least, overdoing the 'culture'. Would have preferred more free time.

Review by Mrs Teresa Taylor who travelled 12-March-2015


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Mike Hope and Karen were great. The Hotel was fine though the room a bit small with no comfy chairs so could not unwind. We found it overall a bit too intense. The outings were excellent but a lecture at 6.30 two days running after a busy day was, for us at least, overdoing the 'culture'. Would have preferred more free time.

Review by Mrs Teresa Taylor who travelled 12-March-2015


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This was the best tour I have ever been on. Everything went like clockwork. There were no hold-ups at all. The staff at the hotel were very helpful. The tour rep and the lecturer really knew their stuff. The other people on the tour were very friendly. What more could you ask of a 4 day trip?

Review by Mrs Carol Sullivan who travelled 12-March-2015


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Excellent Tour Manager and guide. Good standard and good value.

Review by Mr Alexander Tosh who travelled 12-March-2015


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Outstanding Lecturer, will look to join him again.

Review by Mr John Reuter who travelled 12-March-2015


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A very enjoyable tour with some fascinating discoveries. Tour manager extremely helpful, accompanying lecturer very enthusiastic!

Review by Dr Ian Roe who travelled 12-March-2015


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First time using Travel Editions and was very impressed - especially with choice of hotel.

Review by Mrs Sandra Love who travelled 12-March-2015


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Our tour leader and guide were both excellent and put enormous effort into making this a good experience. many thanks to them both

Review by Dr Judith Gilley who travelled 12-March-2015


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One slight niggle. Given the splendours on view everywhere else we visited, we felt that too long was spent in Tournai. The Horta gallery was impressive externally but its contents were unimpressive. Too much of the town centre is a poor modern pastiche of what it must have looked like before the war. Otherwise a thoroughly enjoyable visit to NE France & Antwerp . Neither area was familiar and we are likely to return. Must book early for Nancy!

Review by Bradshaw who travelled 12-March-2015


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A really first class visit. Difficult to see how it could be improved upon. Tour Manager, Karen was really good and Mike hope, the 'Expert' was highly knowledgeable.

Review by Mr Roger Casemore who travelled 12-March-2015


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The lecturer Mike Hope was truly excellent

Review by Mr John Shuttleworth who travelled 12-February-2015


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First time I had taken a tour like this and I was very impressed. Our Tour Manager Karen was very efficient she was great company, very knowledgeable and extremely well organised. The Lecturer Mike was great. he gave so much information in an easy to follow manner and was great company. The hotel was just right for a three night city stay. My only niggle is the use of cardboard cups. For a four star hotel that obviously caters for many British visitors, surely a china mug would not be too onerous. All in all I am very satisfied with my trip and would certainly look to booking with you company again.

Review by Mrs Sandra Perrin who travelled 12-February-2015


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Everything had been well thought through. The whole group was encouraged to mix and Karen's efficiency, local knowledge, light touch and sense of fun combined perfectly with Mike's energy, enthusiasm and deep knowledge of his subject. Neither of us can think of a single thing that could be tweaked. An enjoyable and stimulating few days.

Review by Mrs C Woodman who travelled 12-February-2015


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Excellent tour with a tour manager who looked after our every need and a tour guide who was well informed and had a refreshingly original slant on all places visited.

Review by Mr Alastair Beattie who travelled 12-February-2015


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Absolutely excellent all round. Opened my eyes to the architectural delights of so many unlikely places. Who knew that Lille and Antwerp had so much to offer once you had the wit and wisdom of Mike Hope to really open your eyes and clear your mind of preconceptions. Karen was our splendid tour manager with a light touch but a firm grasp of her party and all its arrangements. A party size of 16 turned out to be ideal for this tour.

Review by Mr Stephen Dunk who travelled 12-February-2015


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The only thing that we thought might be helpful on future visits is a list of all the travellers' names (even just first names) as it can be difficult to remember names, it would help the group to gel more

Review by Ms R Bajjon who travelled 30-October-2014


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Karen ensured that everything moved smoothly. The whole trip was a revelation. The lecturer was passionate and insightful. He ought to do a series on TV. Every element was beautifully articulated. The meals in the restaurant were also first class.

Review by Dr W Thomas who travelled 30-October-2014


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Review by Miss Vera Coomber who travelled 30-October-2014


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We thoroughly enjoyed this holiday. The talks were very informative. The group size of 17 was just right. We would happily recommend this tour to others. The only small criticism is that sometimes we were a bit rushed for time turning round for the evening lecture and meal.

Review by Mrs P Adams who travelled 30-October-2014


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MIke Hope is an excellent , informative and enthusiastic guide. We thoroughly enjoyed the holiday.

Review by Mrs Susan Savidge who travelled 30-October-2014


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Loved having such an enthusiastic expert with us. I particularly like the idea of special interest/topic tourism rather than just the greatest hits approach. Would definitely consider travelling again. But keep numbers down! It was good to be in a group of 17. Huge tour parties are a bit of a turn off for me.

Review by Mrs M Cameron who travelled 30-October-2014


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As you see, we were very happy with our experience on this tour. Karen did an excellent job and Mike was a wonderful, enthusiastic guide. We were asked at the end of the tour if there were any ideas which might improve the tour. At times, on our walkabouts, we were waved to by the occupants of the properties we were looking at. I wonder whether there would be any possibility of seeing inside perhaps a house that has been little changed., or them being illustrated in the talks. The a same with the plans of houses, how new inventions of the time, changed the priorities of rooms etc. Also perhaps something on the furniture and details of fireplaces, lighting etc.

Review by Mr Malcolm Peach who travelled 23-October-2014

Travel Editions feedback:

Thank you for your constructive comments and ideas which we will pass onto Mike Hope for future tours.


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Mike Hope very informative. Very supportive tour guide as my husband was unwell. Really interesting tour. Would like more of this as would have liked more time in Antwerp in view of the large number of Art Nouveau properties.

Review by Dr Margaret Clamp who travelled 23-October-2014


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We were expecting more Art Deco given the title in addition to the excellent Art Nouveau and would have preferred less cathedrals.

Review by Mrs Joan Griffiths who travelled 23-October-2014


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Review by Mr Geoff Spring who travelled 01-May-2014


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I really enjoyed the whole experience and, although I was on my own, I never felt left out. Mike was both entertaining and informative in his lectures and guided tours and Karen, the tour manager, was a delight - so helpful and caring.

Review by Miss Margaret Conoley who travelled 20-February-2014


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Lecturer was brilliant

Review by Mr John Allan who travelled 01-May-2014


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Tour manager and lecturer worked very well together and this was a rewarding trip

Review by Ms Diana Davis who travelled 24-April-2014


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A very well designed tour and an exceptional lecturer with a passion for the subject , outstanding communication skills and a sense of humour. This was a great short break and good value for money. Here's to 2015!

Review by Mrs Margaret Birch who travelled 01-May-2014


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An enthusiastic lecturer and an excellent tour manager. The hotel room was small with limited space for clothes and no bedside table on one side of the bed.

Review by Mr Terence Darlington who travelled 01-May-2014


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Review by Mr Daniel Barry who travelled 24-April-2014


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It may have been better to do the walking tour of Lille on Sunday when it isn't busy.

Review by Mr Richard Thompson who travelled 03-April-2014


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Very successful tour. Mike Hope was interesting, amusing and friendly. This was my fourth tour with TE and my first with Mike - the other three with Anne Anderson. I always liked Ann's handouts after the lectures - I know it is a lot of extra work for the lecturer, but the printed word helps to cement facts in an older brain!

Review by Mrs P Teasdale who travelled 03-April-2014


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Karen worked very hard to ensure we had vegetarian food. Thank you Karen. Mike Hope was brilliant.

Review by Mr Philip Baker who travelled 03-April-2014


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Mike Hope's passion for his subject is so infectious. A mine of information and, with a wicked sense of humour, Mike brought Art Nouveau and Art Deco to life.

Review by Miss Susan Teasdale who travelled 03-April-2014


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Fair value overall. Weather OK but if it had been wet, outdoor itinerary would have been very disappointing. Mike's two lectures entertaining but idiosyncratic; I would have preferred either a more general overview or detailed topics.

Review by Mr James Oldroyd who travelled 03-April-2014


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Expert and manager were both excellent. We would have enjoyed a little more time in Lille. Walking tours gave us a taste of this lovely city. Would have loved more time in La Piscine, it was really good. In contrast Tournai was disappointing as Cathedral was mostly closed and museum was between exhibitions. The Antwerp day was magical. Both hotel and restaurant were inspired choices

Review by Mrs E Reid who travelled 20-March-2014


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We could not fault any aspect of this trip. All seamlessly conducted by Mike and Karen and all with such good humour to boot! An English couple made enquiries of us at Lille station so Travel Editions was recommended before we'd even arrived home. Many thanks. Gill and Sue.

Review by Mrs Gillian Frampton who travelled 20-March-2014


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Another great T Ed trip. Highlights were La Piscine and Antwerp. Did not enjoy Tournai visit - the Horta Musee was unattractive and gloomy - both outside and in. Mike Hope very engaging and knowledgeable. T Ed could do worse than consider Antwerp as a base for future trips.

Review by Mrs Jane Allison who travelled 20-February-2014


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The connection at Ebbsfleet worked very well for us with easy access and egress to the road networks. Our train journey was somewhat less enjoyable as a result of other passengers around us. (The exploits of a stag weekend behind and some poorly behaved children opposite). Whilst we benefitted from Mike Hope's enthusiasm, we felt his timings good have been more realistic. The weather could also have been kinder but it could have been worse in February! Overall, we enjoyed it and learnt a lot about these art movements and enjoyed the company of our fellow passengers.

Review by Mrs Kathy Hammond who travelled 20-February-2014


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V impressed with tour.Restaurant used was excellent with menu choice and service.Also sitting on comfortable settees for evening lecture very agreeable. Full marks Travel Editions.

Review by Mrs Judith Best who travelled 20-February-2014


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